Discovery Dental is the most trusted dental clinic for teeth whitening in Issaquah
Do you want to brighten your smile? If the answer is yes, then a plethora of techniques and products available in the market await your attention. However, the sheer size of this wide selection of methods and products can become quite cumbersome to decide which best fits your needs. Hence, it is preferable to consult with a qualified dentist in person and discuss teeth-whitening options. During your appointment, you can also talk about the difference between in-home and in-office whitening. Some of these methods are briefly described below:
In-Office Teeth Whitening
This professional method is carried out in the dental clinic. During your visit, a whitening gel will be applied to the surfaces of your teeth. The whole procedure takes around 90 minutes to complete, and you will notice the results almost instantly.
Take Home Teeth Whitening
This technique is performed at home and can be categorized into the following types:
It is a professional whitening method, utilizing whitening gel and custom-made trays. You can obtain both of these from your dental practitioner. Proper application of this method will brighten your natural teeth themselves, unlike strips. It is also very comfortable due to the solution being contained in a fixture. The procedure involves placing the hydrogen peroxide-based whitening gel in custom-fitted trays in which your teeth are immersed for a period of time. As it is applied to the teeth, it breaks down into hydroxyradicals, which ultimately brightens and whitens the surface enamel. This entire tray whitening process usually requires between 10 to 14 days to complete. The results can however be observed after only 3 to 5 days after initiating the treatment.
Paint-On Teeth Whiteners
Among the many over-the-counter methods for teeth whitening, “paint-on” teeth whiteners are readily accessible for the user. They are cost-effective, and available over-the-counter from most of the popular pharmacies and retail store chains. However, they lag behind in efficacy as compared to the aforementioned professional technique or whitening strips. The paint-on teeth whiteners use a gel for the whitening purpose, which you can apply with the help of a tooth brush. The gel solidifies into a film which covers the teeth, and is eventually dissolved in the mouth. It is recommended to take suggestion from a qualified and experienced dentist before you start using this whitener.
Whitening strips are one of the most common methods for teeth whitening. These are made of plastic (polyethylene), and hence are thin and flexible. One side of the strip consists of a thin hydrogen peroxide film. Usually, different strips are available to whiten upper and lower teeth. They are placed across the teeth and pressed in place gently to make sure that they touch each of your teeth. It is suggested to wear the strips twice daily for up to 30 minutes, or as instructed by a dental professional.
Whitening Toothpaste and Mouthwash
These are among the cheapest options to whiten your teeth. Toothpastes and mouthwashes own specific “whitening” capabilities and use mild abrasives to scrub away surface stains.
However, one should not expect these products to restore the natural color of your teeth, as their effectiveness is limited. They can brighten your teeth only up to a certain degree, and the effects are quite brief. For better results, we highly recommend choosing professional whitening procedures for the best overall value.
If you’d like to find out more information regarding teeth whitening techniques, feel free to contact us to schedule an appointment with our dentists.
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